Allied Counseling Group

Co-Occurring Disorders

Just as the field of treatment for substance use and mental disorders has evolved to become more precise, so to has the terminology used to describe people with both substance use and mental disorders. The term co-occurring disorder replaces the terms dual disorder or dual diagnosis. These latter terms, though used commonly to refer to the combination of substance use and mental disorders, are confusing in that they also refer to other combinations of disorders.

Furthermore, the terms suggest that there are only two disorders occurring at the same time, when in fact there may be more. Clients with co-occurring disorders have one or more disorders relating to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs of abuse, as well as one or more mental disorders.

Allied Counseling Group consults with your psychiatrist or physician on developing the best treatment plan for your symptoms and managing relapse prevention.

Allied Counseling understands the importance of accurate and timely communication between you, your physician and our staff in maintaining best practices and standards of care for optimizing the outcome of your treatment for both substance abuse and mental health disorders. 

Signing a release for your physician allows us to update your treatment plan and objectives and monitor your progress in recovery. Please bring to your first appointment a list of all current medications and previous medications for the past 6 months so that we have a clear history of your treatment prior to your seeking treatment at Allied Counseling Group.

A treatment plan is collaborative effort between you and your treatment team, and we encourage family members to participate in all phases of your recovery.